There were a lot of things going on in 2017, but did you know that Kylie Minogue was not happy when the then 17-year-old sister of the Kardashians tried to put a trademark on her first name for her business?
Kylie Minogue won the trademark lawsuit against Kylie Jenner over the rights of the name “Kylie.” The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected Jenner’s application. Minogue’s lawyer went on to call Jenner a “secondary reality television personality.”
Who is Kylie Minogue?
Kylie Anne Minogue was born on May 28, 1968, in Melbourne, Australia. She is a singer and actress and is recognized to be the highest-selling female Australian artist of all time. Minogue has sold over 70 million records worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy.
According to Ernest Macias of Entertainment Weekly, her fabulous fashion choices and her disco-pop sound turned Minogue into a timeless icon.
Minogue’s fusion of fashion and music has made a huge contribution to the style zeitgeist.Paula Joye, The Sydney Morning Herald
Minogue’s work has influenced several pop and dance artists like Dua Lipa, Alice Chater, Kim Petras, Melanie C, Jessie Ware, Diana Vickers, and Olly Alexander. Needless to say, she truly made an impact on today’s music generation. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)
Who is Kylie Jenner?
Kylie Kristen Jenner was born on August 10, 1997, in Los Angeles, California. She is an American media and businesswoman who started her rise to fame on the reality TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She, along with the rest of her family, has been on the show since 2007.
Jenner was involved in several industries, music and film. She even co-wrote a dystopian science fiction novel with her sister Kendall Jenner called Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. She truly thrived in the world of cosmetics when she launched her line in 2015.
Today, Jenner’s net worth is estimated to be at $1 billion. Making her the world’s youngest self-made millionaire. Though the notion of her being self-made is a subject of controversy due to the fact that she did grow up with a very privileged background. (Source: Biography)
The Trademark War
There can only be one Kylie, and apparently, it’s Kylie Minogue. The Australian pop singer won the legal battle against Kylie Jenner, who tried to apply a trademark for the name Kylie in the United States.
Jenner wanted to register her first name Kylie for advertising and endorsement services with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in April 2015. Minogue, who is mononymously known as Kylie worldwide, owns the website www.kylie.com and has been using the Kylie name way before Jenner’s parents were even dating, filed a notice of opposition, citing the possible confusion and probably damage to her brand.
Jenner was not favored to win this battle, with being called a secondary reality television personality who appeared as a supporting character to her more popular siblings. In the end, the Patent Office rejected Jenner’s application, and a settlement was reached. (Source: Billboard)